5 Reasons Why Mario Chalmers Is Right Fit for Miami Heat

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5 Reasons Why Mario Chalmers Is Right Fit for Miami Heat
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Say what you will, but Mario Chalmers is a collegiate and NBA champion.

When will Mario Chalmers earn some respect for what he is: the right fit for this particular Miami Heat team?

That's a question that seemed appropriate to ask this week, in light of Ray Felton's comments about him to ESPNNewYork.com.

Felton told the website:

I'm not saying that's a weak point [for the Heat] because Chalmers has been great for Miami. He's won a championship there and he's a solid point guard. But I think that's one of the weaknesses of their team. Not saying that Chalmers is a bad player, because he's not. He's great. He's won a championship. A lot of point guards in this league can't say that. He has that. But if you look at LeBron, Bosh and D-Wade and then you look at Chalmers, you're like, 'OK, this is maybe where their weakness is at.'

Chalmers had already seen the article, via Twitter, when a reporter approached. First, the Miami Heat point guard said that it showed that "I don't think I've got everyone's respect. I'm still working on that. But everyone's entitled to how they feel." 

So, then the question.

What will it take?

Who knows? Who knows? I mean, people are going to say whatever. The only thing that matters to me is I’ve got my teammates’ respect, my coaches’ respect, and I know what I can do.

Chalmers said he knew Felton "pretty well," adding, “I”m a little shocked about that comment.”

This might shock Felton and others...but you can easily find five reasons why Chalmers has carved out an important niche on a defending champion.

All quotes for this piece were collected during the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were accurate as of Monday afternoon.

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